Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry, who now also boasts credentials as a successful director, will receive the sixth annual SeeHer Award at the 27th Annual Critics Choice Awards next month, it was announced Thursday.
The SeeHer Award honors a woman who advocates for gender equality, portrays characters with authenticity, defies stereotypes and pushes boundaries.
In announcing the award, the Critics Choice Association highlighted Berry’s work in continuing to break down barriers in a multitude of critically acclaimed, diverse roles.
Berry was the first Black woman to win a best acting Oscar, which she was awarded in 2002 for her portrayal in “Monster’s Ball” — playing a woman who begins a relationship with a corrections officer (played by Billy Bob Thornton), unaware that he assisted in the execution of her husband (played by Sean Combs).
Berry also recently pivoted to directing for her film “Bruised,” in which she also has the starring role as an disgraced MMA fighter seeking a shot at redemption. The Netflix release garnered the number one spot on the streaming service during its first week and the actress now has a multi-picture partnership with Netflix, according to the CCA.
SeeHer, founded in 2015 by the Association of National Advertisers and The Female Quotient, advocates for accurate portrayals of women and girls in media. It is a global collective of marketers, media organizations and industry influencers committed to creating gender-bias-free advertising and media.
Previous award recipients include Viola Davis (2017), Gal Gadot (2018), Claire Foy (2019), Kristen Bell (2020) and Zendaya (2021).
Berry also earned Emmy, SAG and NAACP Image Awards for her portrayal in the telefilm “Introducing Dorothy Dandridge,” which she also produced.
She was recently honored by the People’s Choice Awards on Dec. 7, when she received the People’s Icon Award for her contributions in film and television.
Up next, Berry will be seen in Roland Emmerich’s sci-fi epic “Moonfall,” which follows the journey of three unlikely heroes mounting a last-ditch mission into space to save the world from annihilation after a mysterious force knocks the moon from its orbit.
Berry has also been lauded for her off-screen philanthropic work with a range of organizations focusing on women, children and underserved communities. She is an active supporter and chair member of the Los Angeles-based Jenesse Center, which assists victims of domestic violence and aims to change the pattern of abuse in the lives of women and children.
She previously partnered with Michael Kors’ Watch Hunger Stop campaign and the United Nations World Food Programme to raise awareness for building a world with zero hunger and visited rural Nicaragua to raise awareness.
Berry joined forces with Novo Nordisk and the Entertainment Industry Foundation to launch the Diabetes Aware Campaign and has supported a vast number of charities and organizations such as Revlon Run/Walk, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Afghanistan Relief Organization, Stand Up to Cancer, Love Our Children USA, Clothes Off Our Back and Black Lives Matter.
In 2020, Berry founded re*spin, a global platform created to provide broader access to health and wellness content and products through inclusivity and conversation.
Taye Diggs and Nicole Byer will host the Critics Choice Awards on Jan. 9 from the Fairmont Century Plaza Hotel. The show will air on The CW and TBS.